by Jane Stammers of Tipple Tails
Traditionally, a gift would have been made by the person giving it, most commonly food and clothes. No matter how small or inexpensive the gift was, it carried with it a personal and emotional value that could not be bought with money.
The giving of food and drink - the stuff of life - is an ancient custom and even the most humble of these domestic offerings can be made unique in the way that it is presented.
Anyone can give a thoughtful present in reality - all it takes is a little insightfulness and imagination. So, a few tips for mastering the art of giving the best gifts possible:
Observation is the number one rule of meaningful gift-giving. Pay close attention to what your friends and loved ones say about what their interests are and their likes and dislikes. It's a good idea to make a note when you have a 'brainwave' and be creative too. By paying attention to what would make their day sparkle, you can almost always pick the perfect, unique gift.
Matching the gift to their unique personality and understanding where they are in their lives sends a message that says you care about who they are. Perhaps give them a gift of something that they wouldn't buy for themselves.
On occasions, such as a new home, a supper with friends, a graduation, or a new baby you might want to give a gift that wishes the recipient good fortune and prosperity, or something that they can share with their guests.
We all know at least one person who is impossible to shop for, for one reason or another: maybe they seem to already have everything - time for a one off treat? Or give them a gift that supports a good cause, or make a donation in their name to a cause or charity that’s near and dear to their heart.
Your friends’ and relatives’ hobbies can also steer you in the right direction. Are they a gardener, or perhaps a wine lover, a foodie or a sports addict? Giving a gift that reflects their interests is a great way to let them know that you notice and value this unique aspect of them.
Today, when we all seem to be time poor, gifts that you make yourself are especially meaningful because they show your loved one that you used your time, energy, and creativity to give them something extra special. The possibilities are endless and you can take inspiration from almost anywhere.
Sometimes more 'stuff' is the last thing that someone needs, but almost everyone could use a helping hand from time to time. Offer to babysit the children or walk the dog so they can have some time to themselves. Or better still, invite them round and treat them at your house. Give the gift of your company or perhaps your know-how — nothing says “I care” like sharing your skills to give them the best!
Plan an adventure - a day out - afternoon tea - theatre tickets - a balloon ride - a picnic - class in something that they have shown an interest in - they don't have to cost a fortune and make great non-material gifts.
There are so many options when it comes to presents that show how much you care. So when it comes to giving, don’t settle for grabbing the first thing that you see off the shelf, take the time to find your family and friends the meaningful gifts they deserve!
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